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Twenty five years ago, a group of caring citizens – people like you –  stood in an auditorium with hands raised high and spoke with intention at the microphone. “Access to a good education is key,” “Children need strong families,” and “We need to do what’s right for kids.” We wanted a better system of early education for young children. So we built it, together.

Early visionaries laid the groundwork for what Wake County Smart Start (WCSS) would become – a network of impactful programs focused on preparing children to succeed in Kindergarten and life. Now it’s your turn to be our visionary partner. Give today to help us carry this mission forward.

Your gift in any amount helps us address needs like:

  • distributing tablets to parents, bridging connectivity to apply and participate in programs
  • developing recruitment videos to help families learn about programs like NC Pre-K, home visiting that
  • builds strong families, and our brand new Wake ThreeSchool (coming fall of 2023)
  • allocation of equipment grants to early learning sites, encouraging active play and good health

When parents and teachers have access to the resources they need, children thrive. No one individual, agency, or business can meet the needs alone. We can only do it together. And together it works. Join with WCSS, as we celebrate 25 years of partnerships and progress for young children.

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Tribute Gift

Want to make a gift in honor or in memory of someone? Perhaps an early childhood teacher, director or parent educator?  Just indicate that when you complete our online or printable donation form, and we’ll notify the honoree with a card acknowledging your gift.

Thank you for helping build a brighter future for young children!

WCSS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Your donation is tax deductible. For questions about your gift, please contact Phyllis Barbour, Director of Community Relations, at (919) 723-9271.

 Financial information about Wake County Smart Start and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 1-888-830-4989. The license is not an endorsement by the State.